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Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • School Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Half Days: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Pre-K Half Day: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. • Pre-K Full Day: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Principal's Monthly Message                                                                                      December 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,     Principal's message

It seems that the Season of Advent has gotten off to a rather difficult and confusing start. Hopefully we will get back to some sense of normalcy. With this in mind we have rescheduled some of the events for this month, while others have remained unchanged.

Dec. 8 – No school Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation and Patroness of the United States. Please check the bulletin for the times of Masses.

Dec. 16 – Special Day – Christmas Themed shirts – school appropriate sweats or jeans. All proceeds will go to the Red Nose foundation
for food for hungry children in the United States.

Dec. 17 – Christmas Bazaar – Grades PK – 3 can bring parents and their specified time. Please remember we must have either your vaccination or proof of a negative test from either Monday or Tuesday Dec 13 or 14. Additionally all persons in the building should have completed Protecting God’s Children and a Background check (we conduct). Deacon Mike will conduct 2 Protecting God’s Children Sessions should you need to attend. Dec. 13 at 7:15 p.m. and Dec 15th at 6:30. Email Deacon Mike at to register. Class will be in the CCD office in the cafeteria level of the school. Please let the office know if we need to run a background check so we can send you the paperwork. It only takes us a few minutes. All students may wear Christmas themed 2 piece pajamas or lounge wear.

Dec. 20th – Christmas Concert – 7 p.m. Christmas best is the attire. Students are permitted 2 guests each (masks please). Siblings in the Annex can attend by either volunteering to read or be an usher. Students should report to their classrooms at 6:45 p.m. Schola will have
a different reporting time as per Mr. Joseph. We hope this will be a wonderful experience for all. It will be live streamed for all.

Dec. 21st – Shiniest Star – the first grade will perform at 10:15. First graders are able to have 2 guests, again with masks. The event will be live streamed, thank to the SJA students and the fund raising efforts of the walk-a-thon, for the rest of the school and for all others who cannot attend. There will be refreshments and dismissal immediately after the play for the First Grade.

Dec 21 will be a half day

Dec 22 – Half day and the beginning of Christmas Break. We return on January 3rd.

Looking forward let’s pray for a Happy and Healthy New Year without any new Covid cases. Please be reminded that our 70th celebration is scheduled for Feb. 3rd. Which will be a half day. The Bishop will give the students off on February 4th. (Please remember that this will not be an extra day – no matter what we are required to have 180 days of instruction.) We have invited the Cardinal. Bishop Elias will be in attendance as will the Superintendent of Schools, Msgr. Thomas McDade. I am sure it will be a wonderful celebration.

As we inch closer to Christmas may I wish each of you a Blessed, Healthy and Holy New Year. May we walk forward together in Hope as we face the New Year.


Dr. Egan

Catholic Schools

We Believe

Children are our community's most valuable asset, capable of achieving their potential when given the proper guidance and support in our school community. A child's self-esteem is essential to success and must be supported by parents and the school community.

Each child's inherent worth is recognized concerning cultural differences, individual abilities, and unique talents. Children educated in a Christ-centered environment develop spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.

Learning is a lifelong process. Children learn at different rates and in different ways from a variety of sources. Instruction must be differentiated and engage all learners with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving. A child's educational success is a responsibility shared by parents, school, and the community working in harmony. Children learn Christian values and ethical conduct taught by parents, reinforced and modeled by the school, and demonstrated through life choices.

Children have a right to feel secure, safe, and supported in their school environment. Children will develop a lifelong commitment of discipleship and stewardship based on the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Our Graduates
Currently, the Alumni Association gives all 8th graders a gift at graduation, as well as one Alumni financial award. Additional fundraising monies are donated to the school for technology needs. Alumni correspondence now mainly comes from the Archdiocese of Newark, School Office. Please consider donating to St. John the Apostle School. Supporting your grammar school ensures St. John the Apostle School memories continue for students in the upcoming years. Wishing your fond memories of SJA continue to be in your hearts and minds always.

2011 National Blue Ribbon School

St. John the Apostle School is a National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement was made Thursday, September 15, 2011, by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. St. John the Apostle School was one of 49 private schools from across the country to receive the prestigious honor. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels.

This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty. At St. John the Apostle School, we are continually striving to ensure that the academic program we deliver meets the needs of our students while encouraging them to do their best.

Many hands and minds were put to work as a team united toward a common goal: achieving the Blue Ribbon nomination. The application had us answering questions about our curriculum, assessment, staff development, and history. Faculty wrote content, gave additional application critiques and devoted hours and hours of their time.

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Blue Ribbon School

St. John the Apostle School has been a prominent learning institution since our first class graduated in 1951. We have remained grounded in tradition while growing to become one of the leading Pre-K through 8th-grade schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.